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Police to investigate breaches of parade rules at dissident republican march in Newry

Saoradh is linked to the New IRA, an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process.

A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade forms up. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade forms up. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade forms up. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party forms up as part of the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party forms up as part of the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. Wreaths as part of the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade forms up. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party forms up as part of the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade makes its way through the town. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade makes its way through the town. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. Wreaths as part of the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade makes its way through the town. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. The parade makes its way through the town. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A list of republicans who died on hunger strike is read out as the parade arrives at Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. Wreaths are laid during speeches in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A list of republicans who died on hunger strike is read out as the parade arrives at Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 5th October 2019 Newry Republican Commemoration Committee parade through the town to Raymond McCreesh park to commemorate the hunger striker. IRA volunteer Raymond McCreesh died in May 1981 as part of the Republican hunger strikes which seen 10 men die in the Maze prison. A children's playpark in Newry was recently named after him. A republican colour party leads the parade as it arrives in Raymond McCreesh park. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

By Aine McMahon PA

Police have launched an investigation after a dissident republican march in Newry breached parade restrictions.

Saoradh held a march to commemorate hunger strikers in Newry Co Down on Saturday after it was given the  go-ahead by the Parades Commission to abide by its strict conditions.

Police have identified Saoradh – liberation in Irish – as the policing wing of the new IRA, who have been blamed for shooting journalist Lyra McKee on April 18.

The murder has been widely condemned across the political spectrum, criticism fuelled by a statement released by the group apologising to the family of Ms McKee.

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Murdered journalist Lyra McKee (Chiho Tang/Oranga Creative)

The gunman was aiming at police during disturbances in the Creggan in Co Londonderry when he hit the 29-year-old, who died in Altnagelvin Hospital in the city.

The parade began at Kilmorey street and made its way through the city to Raymond McCreesh Park, where a rally was held to commemorate the IRA and INLA members who took part in hunger strikes.

Belfast dissident republican and Saoradh national executive member Dee Fennell  said it was appropriate to end the march on the street named after IRA hunger striker Raymond McCreesh.

He added: “No doubt this commemoration will become a mainstay in the republican calendar for years to come. It is particularity fitting that today’s proceedings finished here in Raymond McCreesh Park.

“I want to commend the local people who faced ongoing intimidation and vilification for ensuring this park remains named after a gallant IRA volunteer and H Block martyr.”

Several hundred participants took part in the march, with some wearing paramilitary style regalia.

Police officers following the parade could be heard telling the marchers: “This parade breaches parade commission determination and you are now liable for prosecution.”

The Parade Commission’s code of conduct prohibits the display of all references, insignia, flags or emblems relating to any proscribed organisation and the wearing of paramilitary-style clothing is also banned.

The code of conduct states participants “must act with due regard for the rights, traditions and feelings of others, and must refrain from using words, or behaviour, which could reasonably be perceived as being sectarian, provocative or threatening”.

PSNI chief inspector Nigel Henry said the parade breached the Parades Commission determinations on a number of occasions, despite numerous verbal warnings.

“The aim of the policing operation today was to keep people safe and facilitate the parade in line with the law. A full evidence gathering operation was in place and an investigation into the breaches has commenced,” he said.

Saoradh is linked to the New IRA, an amalgam of armed groups opposed to the peace process.

A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
A republican colour party leads the parade. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

The New IRA has been responsible for multiple murder bids against members of security forces.

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